Romney shreds Obama on his record


Obama did better in this debate than the first one – nowhere to go but up, right? Of course he was helped by the moderator, who gave him extra time and fact-checked a comment she then had to retract. Romney missed a couple of opportunities to land some serious blows, but overall, did well. Post-debate insta-polling had candidates tied as winners or Obama slightly ahead, but when it came to the economy, Romney came out on top – some 30 points on top.

Governor Romney had the opportunity to pointedly address Obama’s record, some of the best use of time in the debate and it came towards the end.

“I can tell you that if you were to elect President Obama, you know what you’re going to get. You’re going to get a repeat of the last four years. We just can’t afford four more years like the last four years.

“He said that by now we’d have unemployment at 5.4 percent. The difference between where it is and 5.4 percent is 9 million Americans without work.

“I wasn’t the one that said 5.4 percent. This was the President’s plan. Didn’t get there.

“He said he would have by now put forward a plan to reform Medicare and Social Security, because he pointed out they’re on the road to bankruptcy. He would reform them. He’d get that done. He hasn’t even made a proposal on either one.

“He said in his first year he’d put out an immigration plan that would deal with our immigration challenges. Didn’t even file it.

“This is a president who has not been able to do what he said he’d do. He said that he’d cut in half the deficit. He hasn’t done that either. In fact, he doubled it. He said that by now middle-income families would have a reduction in their health insurance premiums by $2,500 a year. It’s gone up by $2,500 a year. And if Obamacare is passed, or implemented — it’s already been passed — if it’s implemented fully, it’ll be another $2,500 on top.

“The middle class is getting crushed under the policies of a president who has not understood what it takes to get the economy working again. He keeps saying, ‘Look, I’ve created 5 million jobs.’ That’s after losing 5 million jobs. The entire record is such that the unemployment has not been reduced in this country. The unemployment, the number of people who are still looking for work, is still 23 million Americans.

“There are more people in poverty, one out of six people in poverty.

“How about food stamps? When he took office, 32 million people were on food stamps. Today, 47 million people are on food stamps. How about the growth of the economy? It’s growing more slowly this year than last year, and more slowly last year than the year before.

“The President wants to do well. I understand. But the policies he’s put in place from Obamacare to Dodd-Frank to his tax policies to his regulatory policies, these policies combined have not let this economy take off and grow like it could have.

“You might say, ‘Well, you got an example of one that worked better?’ Yeah, in the Reagan recession where unemployment hit 10.8 percent, between that period — the end of that recession and the equivalent period of time to today, Ronald Reagan’s recovery created twice as many jobs as this president’s recovery. Five million jobs doesn’t even keep up with our population growth. And the only reason the unemployment rate seems a little lower today is because of all the people that have dropped out of the workforce.

“The President has tried, but his policies haven’t worked. He’s great as a speaker and describing his plans and his vision. That’s wonderful, except we have a record to look at. And that record shows he just hasn’t been able to cut the deficit, to put in place reforms for Medicare and Social Security to preserve them, to get us the rising incomes we need. Median income is down $4,300 a family and 23 million Americans out of work. That’s what this election is about. It’s about who can get the middle class in this country a bright and prosperous future and assure our kids the kind of hope and optimism they deserve.”

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19 Responses to “Romney shreds Obama on his record”

  1. markg91359 Says:

    If you believe Romney won that debate, you’re probably the only person in the country that does. Even Fox News said it was no better than a tie. On the other hand, CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC all called it a narrow victory for Obama. Of course, anyone who belongs to the Tea Party discounts the opinion of all normal media outlets.

    I don’t know who is going to win this election. I will say that the President came out swinging this time and left Mitt struggling on any number of occasions to supply a satisfactory answer.

    Spin this anyway you want. Your opinion is held by a small minority of people.

  2. utahnurse Says:

    In response to the last reply: Why should we believe everything that the news and even FOX news says. Really? I don’t have to listen to the news, which by the way is not the ultimate be all, end all to what is fact. I just have to look at the price of gas, the fact that my insurance premiums have just gone up, the fact that the price of food is rising, my home is worth less, and that my daughter, who will be graduating college soon will have less of a chance of getting a good paying job. Not to mention the fact that I would never in a million years trust Obama to protect me or even his most beloved ambassador in the world, which he and his administration has obviously not been able to do. The fact is that he has not kept his word or his promises. Stop looking for the news to tell you what is the truth and take a look around! This country is not and will not be better off with a socialist government. Mit Romney was not struggling in this debate, only stating facts, which may be hard to look at if you are Obama or anyone who supports him. I think you will be surprised how many people want the Obama administration to end.

  3. Jan Says:

    Mark, I hope your comment was based solely on your hearts belief, because that perfectly fine; but the facts today prove you were wrong. Holly, plus me, utahnurse and 7 of my closest friends made your statement obsolete the very second you typed it. .

  4. ERIC in Murray Says:

    Hey JAN: Posters like Mark, JBT, DickWarnocKKK are all the same ILK. Diehard Leftist with a passion for the destruction of this country. They will be the ones who will riot and OCCUPY jail cells in the NEAR Future or We The People are ALL doomed. Too Bad this site is filled with slease of the likes of MARK and his fellow commies. Tell a friend about this site. If more FREEDOM loving Americans like you visited this site, we could drown out the malcontents like Mark and his ILK.

  5. jeromefromlayton Says:

    Team roping is a sport that involves two people on horses with a yearling calf between them. Obama and Candy found out their “calf” was an arena wise “rank” critter that just wasn’t going to be caught up in the foolishness. It wasn’t pretty, but score a narrow win for Team Romney.

  6. Ronald D. Hunt Says:

    And even Ras is showing a poll bump for Obama is the daily tabs after second debate, and i call that an Obama win, Empirical data wins over personal opinion in this case!

  7. jbt Says:

    It is a fact that the majority of folks in Utah see the world through their “rose colored glasses” in the reddest of the red states and as such are given to the false notion that because the “majority” believes something it must be true.

    I would remind my conservative and ultra conservative neighbors that there are states and portions of the country that contain a similar majority of Democrats in even greater numbers due to those state’s larger populations. By the “reasoning” mentioned above what those majorities believe must also be “true”.

    Believe it or not reasonable and intelligent people can hold different and opposite views on national issues based upon their experience and understanding. Our nation’s guiding documents that are so cherished by the right were hammered out by the give and take of differing ideologies by the patriots of that time and place.

    The dichotomous thinking that is so pervasive among the majority in this state which holds one party or candidate 100% wrong and the other 100% right does nothing to move our country forward by solving problems based upon a consensus and finding common ground between the parties. Had this “black and white”, “all or nothing”, “right or wrong” thinking and attitude been adopted by members of the Constitutional Convention as it has by the far right supporters of the tea party, this nation would never have been established.

    Eric in murray has given us all a perfect formula to remain ignorant throughout our lives—simply drown our any ideas being expressed that are different than your own. It apparently works for him.

  8. Richard Warnick Says:

    Despite the fact it was against the rules, the debate audience actually cheered when Candy Crowley fact-checked Romney on his petty partisan lie about Libya. In reality, as opposed to right-wing-propaganda-land, President Obama declared the Benghazi attack an act of terror the very next day. It was Romney who never said that until 14 days later.

  9. Richard Warnick Says:

    BTW Candy Crowley did not “retract” anything. She believes in objective reality, unlike some people who lie constantly.

  10. hollyonthehill Says:

    And Gallup shows Romney 7 points up

  11. Ronald D. Hunt Says:

    yes, but it is a bit of an outlier, of the 5 polls that released numbers last night, O was up in 3 of them and while still below R in one of them (ras) their was improvement for O from the last poll showing an upward trend.

    O has been trending up in the FRAND poll as well( they ask indirect questions about how voters feel on particualar issues toward a candidate rather then asking how they will vote).

    So atm I don’t know how much weight I would put behind gallop poll. If other pollsters particularly RAS start to see the same thing maybe it will mean something.

    Romney did narrow his CA lose from 22 to 11 points after the first debate, and the southern states moved up a few points after that, But the swing States still heavily favor O when you composite polls together to get an idea of the landscape ahead.

  12. hollyonthehill Says:

    Gallup is using the same methodology they have used all along – you know, the one praised by Obama and crew? You can’t just discount polls when they show results you don’t like. But hey – if you want to believe that Romney is not surging at just the right time and Obama has this in the bag, totally fine by me. In the meantime, I’ll be out there working until the polls close to get Romeny and Mia Love elected.

  13. Ronald D. Hunt Says:

    When more then one poll shows that fine!!

    I am not discounting the poll, I am taking it in stride with the full breath of information that being the many other polls out their.

    What makes gallops numbers better then PPP, or Ras, Or any other poll? If the numbers stay up and other polls start showing the same thing then you will know its right, however a large overnight jump like that is generally a statistical outlier which is why i always suggest using a composite of polls to avoid jumping at every shadow of possibility.

    And don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to get in the way of you chear leading for your candidate of choice, It just seems to me that the whole argument is lifting out of reality.

  14. markg91359 Says:

    The Real Clear Politics Average today showed Romney from 1/2 a point ahead to 1 point ahead. Statistically, this has been the most accurate measure of voting in any election. If you want to believe Gallup, go ahead. I just know talking to people those results don’t bear out in the real world. The real poll takes place on Election Day–after the final debate. Good luck and may the best incumbent win 🙂

  15. jbtalcott Says:

    Forget the Gallup poll Holly. If you want to know who will win the election keep an eye on Ohio.

  16. mark Says:

    BTW, some of you maybe interested to know that Obama is back on top in the RCP Poll averages today….barely so….but back on top

  17. ERIC in Murray Says:

    JBT WROTE “Eric in murray has given us all a perfect formula to remain ignorant throughout our lives—simply drown our any ideas being expressed that are different than your own. It apparently works for him.”

    My Reply: YOU DONT KNOW ME but I know you commies. You are a scared pathetic little child and you should be very scared. If your so called president is re-elected, your ilk will be the first to be tossed under the obama bus. He does not care about you because you are expendable and he is disgusted by you. WAKE UP BEFORE ITS TOO LATE. Romney is not my choice, but ANYONE is better than the commie-in-chief that has OCCUPIED the White House when he was not out gathering the IDIOT vote of MOrons like you.

    I really had other words for you but I told Holly that I would keep it clean as it is her site and I respect the work she does. I loathe your ideals, party and president. Cant wait for all of you to be powerless. 16 days to know the FATE of the country.

  18. jbtalcott Says:

    Keep up the good work Eric. You are a shining example of the best the “Tea Party” has to offer. Every post you write gives the reader more insight into your ability to participate in an intelligent political discussion with adult members of the community. I’m sure Holly appreciates your contributions to her blog which add to and reinforce her side’s political point of view.

  19. hollyonthehill Says:

    Thanks for keeping your language clean, Eric!

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